Dare Family Services announced today that it is changing its name to HopeWell, reflecting the nonprofit care organization’s significant growth since its founding in 1964 and its renewed commitment to innovative models of care and support.
“Our new name expresses our mission,” explained Shaheer Mustafa, president and CEO of the organization, “To enrich lives and empower individuals through professional expertise, data-driven best practices, and one-on-one nurturing. The agency’s founder, Gerry Wright, was a trailblazer in social services for youth and we plan to honor that tradition.”
HopeWell is one of New England’s leading providers of intensive foster care as well as support to teens transitioning out of foster care, and housing and support services for adults with disabilities.
In tandem with the name change, HopeWell recently moved to new headquarters in Dedham, Mass., and is debuting a new, expanded website (hopewellinc.org).
“Over the years there had been some name confusion in the marketplace with the drug use prevention organization, D.A.R.E. and it was the right time to position the agency for our next 50 years,” Mustafa explained. “We have incredibly dedicated and experienced staff and caregivers. Just as we want our name to capture our mission and optimism about the future, we want the look of the organization to reflect the professionalism and quality of care we are providing.”
About HopeWell: HopeWell (hopewellinc.org) is a private, nonprofit social services agency based in metro Boston with regional offices in Massachusetts and East Hartford, Conn. The agency began in Roxbury, Mass. with the creation of the first community-based residential program for boys in Massachusetts. Today HopeWell serves approximately 1200 children and teens in foster care as well as provides staffed residences for adults with disabilities, family support and stabilization services, a residential program for pregnant and parenting teens, and a new initiative to assist teens in foster care move into adulthood successfully.